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Oct 4, 2012 5:30pm PDT
alexander is in fischerville, virginia tonight. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd, traveling with the president in madison, wisconsin and peter, we'll begin with you. what was it like on the road today? >> well, after a brief pause for prayer here, this is going to be a party-like atmosphere. they are trying to build on the momentum from last night. a country music band will be performing here and mitt romney will be joined by his running mate, paul ryan. let's give a sense of what it was like on the plane as we flew out here on the way out today. we saw mitt romney as loose and as relaxed as we have seen him all campaign. he was all smiles and laughter, joking with his advisers in the front cabin. at one point, the captain came on and said that the denver control tower has congratulated the governor. that of course was met by applause with all the folks sitting by the governor. a top adviser told me the campaign is in a really good mood, but they're going out of their way not to be gloating. one other story from last night, when top supporters and donors were in romney's hot
Oct 17, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. think about what all that money could buy. back here, with the race, chuck todd and andrea mitchell, and chuck, a new day after a big event. >> you know, absolutely, if it was not clear to you before it should be now. the two men trying for office, don't really like each other very much. barack obama and mitt romney clashed in what could have been the worst and most difficult debates of the modern era. president obama and mitt romney picked up today where they left off during their contentious debate last night. >> mitt romney is trying to sell you a sketchy deal, we are not buying it. we know better. >> when it comes to his policies and his answers and his agenda, he is pretty much running on fumes. >> reporter: the only thing missing today, the finger pointing and glares dominated last. >> i am happy to answer the question. >> the oil prediction is down -- >> have you looked at your pension? mr. president, have you looked at your pension? >> you know, i don't look at it, it is not as big as yours. >> you will get your chance in a moment, i'm still speaking. >> reporter: and at tim
Oct 26, 2012 5:30pm PDT
to our political director and chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. so chuck, this is the field in front of us, john sununu said that colin powell endorsed the president because they're both black guys. another endorses president obama for president, by mistake, and romney talks about the piece of property, accepting help from stimulus money. beyond unforced errors, the romney's campaign is to put together the electoral and not the popular vote in the math, in the next ten days to push the victory. >> that is right the magic number, 270, here the states in yellow are the states we believe are toss-ups, the ones which we just don't know. they may lean one way or the other. let me take you through some scenarios where we think the battleground will narrow in the next week. if you talk to democrats they believe they're ahead in new hampshire. by the way, as you see me moving these states you will see the numbers above the president and above mitt romney change. so watch as i change them. they think they're a little bit ahead in wisconsin. but they also believe the democrats are a l
Oct 16, 2012 5:30pm PDT
, starting with our political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd, also on the ground of the campus of hofstra university tonight. chuck, earlier today you said you could make an argument that we're now entering the most important single 36-hour period of this campaign thus far. give us a viewer's guide to tonight? >> well, i know that we can be accused of overhyping the moment. this is one of those times we're not overhyping. this is the moment. this is the time you can see this campaign shift. it is not in cement, if you will. let me tell you what the romney campaign thinks. they have huge confidence here. they are acting as if they're the front-runner. they believe they have nothing new to do. they plan on ignoring many of the attacks that the president is going to put out at them, they say, and instead try to have a conversation with people. as for the president, aides admit to me, he failed to answer the simple question that ted kennedy famously couldn't answer, which is, why do you want a second term? and what do you plan to do? and that's something they plan to
Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
white house correspondent chuck todd also at the venue tonight. chuck, what's the task for both sides, for both men? >> reporter: well, i can tell you that both campaigns view it this way. the candidate that spends more time litigating the other guy's plans will feel as if they're winning. the campaign that feels like they're spending more time defending their own plans will feel like they're losing. i can tell you this. one lesson that president obama and his campaign believe they've taken from president bush in 2004 is don't take this first debate lightly. that's why they prepared so much. and don't assume he's just going to sit back and, quote, sit on his lead. he's going to be a little more aggressive tonight than maybe people realize. as for mitt romney, don't be surprised if he tries to get libya in the conversation. yes, it's an economy debate, but if he doesn't, aides tell me he's got a big libya foreign policy speech that he'd like to do in the next couple of dies, brian. >> chuck todd part of our team there. brings us to this next item. andrea mitchell is another part of our
Oct 8, 2012 5:30pm PDT
, and to the rest of our team, chief affairs correspondent andrea mitchell and our white house director, chuck todd, both in the washington bureau. chuck, let's begin with you, two new polls, different sets of numbers, what do the numbers tell you? >> reporter: look, when i dug into them, they both told us the same thing, there is a spike in the republican enthusiasm for romney, that is why you see the voters shifting towards romney. and it depends on how you wait to sample. and yes, one poll seems to be a little more republican than the gallup -- polls, there is more enthusiasm among likely republican voters than likely democratic voters. this has been a problem for the democrats for six months, and you're seeing more in this poll than the last debate. and the big moment will be joe biden, and paul ryan, you see them prepping in a way they have not done before. they have done a lot of mock debate sessions with joe biden. paul ryan has never been on this big a stage before. he has reviewed the sarah palin debate, watched joe biden's speeches to try to get a sense of joe biden. they will be seated.
Oct 10, 2012 5:30pm PDT
starting us off today, our political director and chief white house correspondent, chuck todd is with us from the site of tomorrow night's debate in danville, kentucky, and chuck, set the scene tonight, the advance buzz, this has been called an epic generational debate, of course it takes on more importance given the first debate at the top of the ticket. >> reporter: well, the college here, centre college, they call it the thrill in deville, this is the second time they hosted a presidential debate, they hosted cheney versus lieberman but you're right, there is a lot more pressure on joe biden to perform. and he is sort of walking this line. i talked to aides that say yes, he will be more aggressive than the question. that is a fact. but the question is, is he too aggressive? because we mentioned the generational gap, because a lot of the people view this as more as a visual. does this person look like he is ready to be president? and that is paul ryan's challenge, he is youthful, compared to joe biden. and he was not helped yesterday. mitt romney says he was not sure if paul ryan had h
Oct 11, 2012 5:30pm PDT
, the rest of the political team, chuck todd, andrea mitchell, david gregory, you get to go first because you have the new poll numbers on where the race stands. >> reporter: i did, we debated the numbers, florida, ohio, virginia, the president had small leads in virginia and florida, a big lead in ohio. when we went back to the states to see if things had changed, well, we found small changes, not big ones. romney now leads by a point in virginia, in florida, still, a point lead for the president. and look at ohio, a six-point lead down from eight, but the president is still over 50%, there is a reason why, early voters. according to the numbers, one in five people in ohio cast a vote. and among those, the president has two thirds of the voters. that accounts for why he has a surprisingly big lead. there was not a lot of movement, post-debate one point, romney made leads on who to handle the economy in virginia and florida, something he has got to crack. >> all right, chuck todd at the venue, we'll talk to you later tonight. andrea mitchell, this format, questions coming from the moderator,
Oct 12, 2012 5:30pm PDT
after the debate. our political director, chuck todd with more at the white house on that. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, well, you're absolutely right, it didn't take long for mitt romney to jump on joe biden about the white house security and when the attack took place in benghazi, libya, take a listen. >> the vice president directly contradicted the sworn testimony of the state department officials. he is doubling down on denial. and we need to understand exactly what happened, as opposed to just having people brush this aside. >> reporter: here at the white house, press secretary jay carney defended biden on that front. but he also seemed to over and over point folks to the state department. and hillary clinton didn't exactly get into the back and forth but did admit there were questions on both sides, take a listen. >> it is certainly not the case that the assignment of security personnel at diplomatic facilities is made here at the white house. nor should it be. the decision is made about requests for security personnel, and security matters, they're made at the s
Oct 16, 2012 4:00am PDT
. >>> nbc news political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd tells us what the candidates should watch out for with the public watching the questions. >> reporter: you have to be careful. you know, you can attack a moderator and you win points with the public. you attack a member of the public and you lose points with the public. look, this race is at a nice edge of closeness. you no longer describe this race as close but the president has structural advantages. there are no more buts. it is that close. now the opportunity and pitfalls for both of them have to do with this format. mitt romney's biggest hurdle to the presidency is this issue of relating to the average joe or jane. well, joe and jane is asking questions tomorrow night. he pulls that off, he breaks through this one big barrier and the structural shift in the race that we're seeing state by state could continue and give him great advantages. for the president, of course, he's got to repaint mitt romney as that caricature as being out of touch rich guy. we'll see if he can pull that off. >> nbc's
Oct 18, 2012 5:30pm PDT
begin with our correspondent, chuck todd. >> reporter: good evening, the battleground is narrowing, time on the campaign trail winding down. in this election it is about big issues but also it means the little things start to matter more. and also means the states like new hampshire start to matter more. >> 19 days, new hampshire. >> reporter: in a race that is coming down to the wire, swing states full of undecided voters are getting time, attention and ads from both candidates. >> in 19 days you get to choose from the top-down policies that got us into this mess, or the policies that get us out of this mess. >> reporter: mr. romney spent the day focusing on foreign policy. his running mate hit the trail in florida. >> president obama is not telling you what his second term plan would be. he is not saying that he is offering anything new. all he is offering is four more years of the same. >> reporter: vice president joe biden in nevada fired back at mr. ryan, playing off the title of mr. ryan's book, "young guns." he used eyebrow raising rhetoric. some called the comments over the top.
Oct 19, 2012 5:30pm PDT
coverage tonight with our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd, good evening. >> good evening, brian, we're at the point in the campaign where every day feels like a week, every week feels like a day. well, today the president is feeling the heat, testing out yet another new line of attack on mitt romney. president obama today dialled up his criticism in virginia, feeling the heat from mitt romney's continued momentum. >> i mean, he is changing up so much and back-tracking and side-stepping. we have got to -- we have got to -- we got to name this condition that he is going through. i think -- i -- i think it is called rom-nesia, here is the good news, obama care covers pre-existing conditions. >> with governor romney on his way to florida, the site of the final debate, his running mate in the state making the case for him. >> of all the things romney has done in his life it is how to turn sluggish, slow, organizations into lean, effective organizations, this is what he did in his career. >> romney's campaigning in florida, in 2008 they supported mr. obama, today, they wrote, we have
Oct 22, 2012 4:00am PDT
director and political correspondent chuck todd breaks down the numbers. >> reporter: the new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows the candidates in a 47-47 tie among likely voters. in mid september, the president led 50-45. the numbers show an evenly divided country overall. the president's job approval holding steady at 49%. economic approval down at 46%. foreign policy approval at 49%. the poll also shows a clear enthusiasm gap. the president has a 49-44 lead among all registered voters, but that 47-47 tie among likelies, it means republicans are more enthusiastic and more likely to vote. the biggest red flag for obama, 62% say they want major changes if he's re-elected. romney's biggest red flag, by 44-43, he is still personally viewed more negatively than positively. >> that was nbc's chuck todd reporting there. after a violent weekend in the middle east, tonight's third and final presidential debate topic of foreign policy is more timely than ever. nbc's tracie potts has a preview for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. a lot on the table. 200
Oct 22, 2012 5:30pm PDT
correspondent, political director chuck todd, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, you know the first debate changed the chemistry of the race in mitt romney's favor, the second debate was a verbal fight. it got the president back on his feet. the topic is foreign policy, but the sheer closeness is hanging over their head. the president arrived in florida today, aware he needs to do well in tonight's debate, the race being closer than ever. the polls show a dramatic divide within the 47-47 tie. there is that gender gap, the president up in percentage with women. mitt romney's lead with men is a commanding 33 points, but hispanics by a 70-25 margin strongly prefer the president mr. romney spent the day behind closed doors where the press was not allowed, inspecting the table where he and the president will sit. he knows the subject matter tonight puts him at a disadvantage, something he found out in the second debate. >> you said in the rose garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror. it was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you're saying? >> please proceed, go
Oct 9, 2012 8:00am PDT
chuck todd saying this bounce is real, but what matters when we look at this truly is the battleground states. the same pew poll shows a dramatic midwest shift coupled with a michigan poll that shows the president's lead shrinking from ten to three points. and we look at this, a new pennsylvania poll from siena showing the president's lead thinking from 14 to 3 points. if this is happening in those states, john, what does that mean for ohio, for florida, for virginia? >> well, those certainly are the three big states, and i think you'll see the same type of numbers follow there. i said before the debate that i thought that that was the real start of the presidential campaign because a lot of people really didn't know what to believe about mitt romney. so, i'm not surprised at all about these numbers. what i think is real interesting is how many of these numbers the president is only at 45%. you know, his problem is, incumbents rarely get undecideds to turn their way towards the end, so i think these numbers are startling, important and certainly problematic for the president. >> jonath
Oct 4, 2012 10:00am PDT
todd, of course, traveling with the president. chuck, what's the explanation from team obama as to how ill prepared the president seemed to be for this? i think chuck todd is with the president. i guess they've just taken off. we're joined now for our daily fix with chris cillizza, msnbc contributor and managing edter of post and ruth marcus and politico editor in chief, john harris. chris, first to you. your scoring of the debate and what you think the president's strategy was or wasn't going in. >> i don't know what his strategy was, but whatever it was, it wasn't particularly good, andrea. you know, the thing that i was struck by the whole time is optics matter. this is television. how you look, how you present yourself matters. barack obama, honestly, kind of looked like he would have rather have been almost anywhere but there. he looked tired. he looked kind of grim and dower to theic tent he had expression, expressed himself a smirk directed at something that mitt romney said. i don't know if there's any one reason why he wasn't himself, but he very clearly, he certa
Oct 29, 2012 2:05am EDT
, carly. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good morning on this sunday. as if it wasn't enough to have this tight race, we have inically mat weather bearing down on the east coast. hurricane sandy, a superstorm. it could affect 50 million people along the east coast. we have all of this covered including the political ramifications of the storm in the coming days. we are nine days to go until the election. i want to go live first to asbury bark on the new jersey shore where we go through the latest, including what you were talking about. we could see the aftereffects through election day. >> exactly, david. this is a monster storm. right now, it's about 260 miles south-southeast of cape hatteras but it's also 395 miles east of new york city. it is a sprawling system. tropical force winds extend out 500 miles from the center of the storm. this is 1,000 miles in diameter. it's making its way along the coast. right now, it's a category 1 storm. it's going to parallel the coast for 24 hour
Oct 30, 2012 11:00pm PDT
news political director chuck todd and editorial director for "the huffington post" howard fineman. he's also an msnbc analyst. chuck, i want you to start here, tell me -- let's look at the president. the president visited red cross headquarters this afternoon and promised to help the hard-hit communities cut through the bureaucratic red tape to get assistance. let's watch him here today. >> my instructions to the federal agency has been do not figure out why we can't do something. i want you to figure out how we do something. i want you to cut through red tape. i want you to cut through bureaucracy. there's no excuse for inaction at this point. i want every agency to lean forward and to make sure that we are getting the resources where they need -- where they're needed as quickly as possible. >> well, meanwhile, this afternoon vice president biden was asked about the president's response to the disaster. here is what he had to say. let's take a look. >> look, i've never seen a guy so focused. i mean, he just wants to make sure -- look, the last conversation he said, look, folks, i'm u
Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm PDT
dismissed that way, injury added by insult. i'm joined by chuck todd and howard fineman with "the huffington post." the latest poll shows among likely voters the president leads 49% to 46% for romney. that's down net two points from two weeks ago when the president was up by five. to what to you attribute the movement, chuck todd? >> well, first of all, the more important number has always been the president sitting at 49% or 50%. i would go through his job approval rating at 49%, his ballot test at 49%, those converge, and that's what matters and 49% puts you in the, quote, re-elect zone. what's affecting romney, this is something we've been watching there is an enthusiasm gap among core republican voters among core democratic groups. overall there's a ten-point advantage among those republicans who call themselves nines or tens when on a scale of one to ten asked how interested they are in this election. there's been a ten-point gap pretty consistent all year. that's why for instance on the registered voter number, the president has a seven-point lead and it shrinks more than in half down
Oct 7, 2012 8:00am PDT
house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> and finally, what you haven't heard from arnold schwarzenegger this week. a revealing conversation with the former california governor. he talks politics and his personal failings. >> what would you like your sons to learn from your mistakes? >> i think that they're not going to make the same mistakes. >>> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> and good morning. one month ago, and so much to get to. i want to get right to our roundtable discussion this morning, anchored by our own mini debate. joining me former white house press secretary and adviser to the obama campaign robert gibbs. newt gingrich. republican strategist and columnist for "time" magazine mike murphy. democratic strategist hilary rosen. and our own political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd, who just can't wait for new polls to see where we are. is this race in a different place? we'll get to that as the hour rolls on. we have to talk about the debate, we have to look ahead, but also the reminder, speaker
Oct 7, 2012 11:00am PDT
and nbc white house correspondent chuck todd. we have the debate to talk about, we have to look ahead. but we also have the reminder, speaker gingrich, that this is really about the economy. a new jobs numbers come out on friday. are they a game-changer in some ways in terms of how people perceive the economy? this is the "washington post" front page, certainly not something that the romney team wanted to see. the line graph showing 7.8% unemployment when obama takes office in january 2009. here we are in september of 2012. lowest since he took office. does this change anything? >> sure. i think it was a significant help to the president. imagine it come out at 8.2 following the debate? i mean people would have, entered this weekend saying that's close to the end. so i think it's part of the whole process. this campaign is going to go down to the end i think. it's going to be one of the most interesting campaigns in american history. and i think you're going to see it go back and forth some over the next week. on the other hand friday, the international monetary fund said probably no
Oct 11, 2012 10:00am PDT and chuck todd, nbc's chief white house correspondent, political director and host of "the daily rundown." >> abe lincoln behind you. >> let me go to chris cillizza first. >> sure. >> back in washington, talk about the stake as head. what are the two burdens, if you will for the two candidates tonight? >> well, look, i mean i think it is relatively obvious that mitt romney had some momentum coming off of his debate performance last week. i think that what joe biden needs to do is blunt that momentum with a sort of a draw or a perceived victory. i think if he loses the debate in the same way that barack obama lost the debate to mitt romney, we'll see the momentum on the republican side pick up. i would say more broadly, andrea, i don't think people usually make their decisions particularly undecided at this point, they don't make their decision on who the vice president is or how they perform in a debate but they do make their decision on the narrative, momentum, what the race looks and feels like and the vice presidential debate as well as the two vice presidential candidat
Oct 11, 2012 11:00pm PDT
of the "national review", from danville is mark halperin of time magazine, chuck todd of nbc news and from washington al hunt, executive editor of bloomberg news, joining us shortly from washington will be katty kay of the bbc world news america, gwen ifill of pbs and joining us in new york is john dickerson of nbc news and slate magazine, i am glad to have all of them and we go to al hunt for an assessment of what you saw in evening. >> charlie, we saw the anti-obama tonight, and his name was joe biden, the vice president did everything the president failed to do last week. he effectively, i felt rather effectively and passionately defended most administration policies, and he also effectively criticized without malice some of the romney proposals and contradictions. >> i think aside from a few stylistic issues, programs interrupt ago few too much and smirks it was a very good night for the vice president. paul ryan clearly showed tonight that substantively he can play in the major leagues he didn't make any mistakes and held his own. >> and the president in denver last weekend, and i thi
Oct 17, 2012 12:00am PDT
. >> rose: chuck todd? >> well, everything has been said, not everybody said it a couple of little body language tells by the way. right after the first debate, the president left the stage first after it was over, mitt romney lingered, waved to the crowd, shook hands, you could tell he felt good. well guess what happened after this debate? the president only just left now, he just lingered for almost 25 minutes, posing with pictures with all of these folks, mitt romney is the one who left first so i kind of think sometimes body language, we talked about it during the debate, the post debate i think you can tell which candidate feels good and which doesn't feel good. i think there are a couple of things here, romney had some i would say missed a lot more opportunities, the president had a plan, he executed it and with mark halperin he clearly got in the mitt romney's head, romney was a different guy after the libya stumble and again, the romney folks believe th the fact checkers will tank their side but mitt romney couldn't make the argument. it is sort of the same issue president obam
Oct 22, 2012 5:00pm PDT
's ahead with chuck todd. this is msnbc's coverage of the third and final debate. please stay with us. >>> you said in the rose garden, it was an a act of terror. it was not a spontaneous demonstration. wanted to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before we called attack an act of terror. >> get the transcript. >> he did, in fact. let me call it an act of terror. >> can you say that a little louder, candy? >> after the first debate as going to the challenger and a second debate as going to the president, the close neness of race and the importance of this last debate tonight is something that can be appreciated in blunt terms. for a look at who is making it so close, what margins the candidates are getting with different groups and different states, we go to our master of miracle nuance, chuck todd. chuck? >> you know, rachel, the unbelievable thing, and it's what you were referring to before the break, is how both the president and mitt romney are hitting their target number, if you will, with two specific voting groups that if it wasn't for th
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